Critical Conversations Series

MSSA's Critical Conversations series is an ongoing platform for MSSA members to learn about and engage in social justice issues and current events.

Understanding the Refugee Resettlement Experience
Thursday, July 28
12:00 - 1:30 PM

Do you want to know more about how you can welcome New Americans in Minnesota? Are you curious to learn about the experiences of our neighbors who arrived in Minnesota through refugee resettlement? Join us to learn about the refugee resettlement experience in Minnesota! You’ll hear about the global context of displacement, resettlement, and its impact on refugees as they experience resettlement in the US. We will also look at the services that refugees can access through resettlement agencies. Attendees will learn about current humanitarian crises around the world, and will walk away with tangible ways to get more involved in personal or community efforts to support our New American neighbors.
Presenter: Karin Blythe, Senior Director of Refugee Services, Lutheran Social Service of MN

CEUs: Attendees can earn up to 1.5 CEUs

$10 for MSSA members | $30 for nonmembers | FREE for MSSA student members

Registration deadline: 11:59 PM Tuesday, July 26

Other details:
  • Registrants will receive a link to join the Zoom meeting one day prior to the event.
  • The session will be recorded and made available to all registrants after the event.
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Thanks to our sponsor: Blue Cross Blue Shield

As MSSA's Critical Conversations sponsor, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota is committed to ending racial health disparities and supporting Minnesota's health and human service workforce.

Past Critical Conversations Events


Healing in Action: Intentional Conversations and Practices
Ally or Accomplice? How to Take Allyship to the Next Level
Oppression and Interpersonal Violence: From Macro to Micro


Historical Trauma and Its Impact on the Brain
White Accountability in Action: From Intention to Impact
Book Club discussion: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Leaning into Difficult Conversations
History of Racism in Health and Human Services
The Intersection of Race, Discrimination, and Trauma
White Accountability: Unpacking and Dismantling the White Savior Complex
LGBTQ Issues in Providing Social Services
Book Club discussion: I'm Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness by Austin Channing Brown


Confronting "Jane Crow:" Trauma, Oppression, and Abolition in the Child Protection System
Guiding Your Clients Toward Informed Choice in Times of Chaos

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